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Chinatown: Indulge in the Unexpected

Discover the hidden side of Chinatown

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.6 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Chinatown is a mix of old and new, a place where disparate cultures converge. Beyond Chinese landmarks, the neighbourhood delights... more »

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Points of Interest

From Chinatown MRT station, exit on New Bridge Road and take a short walk to Pagoda Street where the Chinatown Heritage Centre is located. Stop here for an overview of Straits Chinese customs and traditions, as well as a lesson on the history of Chinatown. -- Hours : 9am-8pm daily --

48 Pagoda Street
Singapore S059207

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You wouldn't expect to find a Hindu temple in Chinatown, but Sri Mariamman Temple is in fact Singapore's oldest Hindu temple that dates back to 1827. An astounding sight, the Hindu-Indian structure is covered with colourful sculptures of deities and mythical beasts. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power to cure epidemic... More

Walk along Cross Street to Amoy Street, where you can stop at Annalakshmi Janatha, a "pay as you wish" Indian vegetarian eatery run by volunteers. South Asian food may not be the first thing that comes to mind in Chinatown, but this place opened in 1986 and is a local institution. Meals are served buffet-style so load up on rich spicy curries,... More

Further down the street is Thian Hock Keng Temple. Completed in 1842, this Hokkien religious site is among the oldest and most important in Singapore. The temple is dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea where seafarers went to pray and give thanks for a safe voyage. Take in the remarkable architecture of the temple that's been built in... More

Returning to the main Chinatown area, venture down Smith Street for some surprising shopping options such as Li-Hong Jade which has traditional and contemporary jewelry made from premium Burmese stones. Also, check out Mei Guo Ginseng and Vitatron & Medical Co. next door where you can buy traditional Chinese medicine. Don't be surprised to... More

6. Street Markets on Trengganu & Sago Street

Off this stretch, find old school street markets on Trengganu and Sago Streets, hawking knick knacks and crafts; an uncommon find in this modern metropolis.

Trengganu Street and Sago Street

Emerging from Sago Street onto South Bridge Road, visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, famous for housing a crystallized Buddha tooth, a sacred treasure found in 1980 under a collapsed stupa in Myanmar.The building's grand design is based on the elements and history of Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala, the latter which is a representation of ... More

Leaving the temple, you'll see Maxwell Road Food Centre (Kim Hua Market) with over 100 stall, houses some of the best local food in the country. Some must-try items there are the famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice, the traditional congee with pork and century egg from Zhen Zhen Porridge stall and the popular char kway teow from the Marina South... More

9. Dining at Duxton Hill

For a fancier meal, continue down South Bridge Road to Duxton Hill, one of the city's top dining destinations. Find diverse and often surprising cuisines here, including Russian fare at Buyan. Other options in the vicinity are Restaurant Andre, and the quirky Group Therapy which serves excellent all-day breakfasts. --

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End the day with a night cap at champagne and cocktail bar, Drink Culture. Sip on surprising concoctions like strawberry Frangelico sours and Red Ruby martinis. -- Hours : Mon & Tues: 5pm - 1am Wed: 5pm - 2am Thurs: 5pm - 1am Fri & Sat: 5pm - 2am

51 Kreta Ayer Road
Singapore S089007

(+65) 6557 0538